Left Behind and the
Gospel of the Kingdom
goal is to explain left behind and the Gospel of the Kingdom in such a simple
way that a young child will understand this future prophetic reality that will
take place in the next dispensation after the rapture. If you are a believer in
Jesus Christ who has that blessed assurance of the soon to be rapture of the
Church then you want to do as much for God now in this present time. In some
cases Christians may be led to leave left behind materials in your home so
family, friends or even strangers can look it over and decide for themselves
what decision to make regarding Jesus Christ and their hearts. Then they will
have a clear understanding as to where all the Christians went (Heaven) and how
they are to look at the coming tribulation period from a Biblical point of
want anyone that is left behind to understand how much God really does love
them and what they can do to accept this insurmountable love into their very
own hearts. For those people that are really searching for answers I did not
think it was my place to say "Hey guys I'm going to be raptured soon. Here
are a couple of things - - best to you." If I were left behind (assuming
that I am still living) and some of my family members and friends were missing
I would be searching for the truth and would want simplicity. Bible, history
and detail. After all the greatest event in the history of mankind has just
taken place. Christians are missing and the news is probably saying aliens have
abducted them in a U.F.O. This is just a guess but I actually think they will
talk in that direction.
would like to redirect my writing to the people left behind and talk about the
subject of fear. In Revelation 21:8 the Holy Spirit lists eight sins
(strongholds) that could cake up like concrete in the human heart and keep a
person from accepting Jesus Christ into their hearts. In essence they have
chosen the stronghold/strongholds over Jesus Christ. They made their choice.
They unfortunately chose death. Jesus Christ is life.
very first sin (stronghold) mentioned in this list is fear. We (the Body of
Christ; Church) are living in the closing moments / seconds of the church age
and even in this dispensation there is a lot of fear. The news will talk about
fear and bad news because it sells but quite frankly there is almost no good
news to report. Some Christian leaders talk about fear and they call it the
Gospel but it is what the Bible refers to as "Another Gospel."
Gal.1:6. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of all wisdom but this is holy
and reverential as opposed to cold oppression in the soul that usually takes
the form of hyper anxiety.
could list a whole host of horrible things that happened in the world. Fear
became the companion of most people but very few people bothered to ask, "What
is it?" Just because fear is our companion does not mean we understand
this emotion. If anything we probably will not because fear is irrational by
nature. God put fear into you to be directed back at Him in a holy reverential
way. He wants to use it for His glory in your life. You must worship somebody
or something in your life because the Bible says, " Thou shalt have no
other gods before Me." Exodus 20:3. In Psalm 145:18 -19, the Bible says,
"He will fulfill the desire of them that fear Him: He also will hear their
cry, and will save them."
person will have one or the other (A) Fear in the world or (B) A holy
reverential fear for God. There is no in between because fear is already inside
of us so you have to make a choice. Of course there are different degrees of
fear in the world and there are different degrees of reverential fear for God.
There will be much talk of fear after the rapture of the church and there will
be much fear on planet earth. There is already extreme uncertainly now and it
will get way worse after the great snatching away of the body of Christ. People
will have to come to terms with what the Bible says about fear. You will also
have to understand that regardless of what cosmetics take place in the world
the crux of the matter will be, "Who will you worship" and this
subject will become more animated in the seven year tribulation period.
mentioned that fear is the first sin ( stronghold) in Revelation 21:8 and I
would like to say that it is just the opposite of true faith in Jesus Christ.
It is also the opposite of the love of God. In 1st John 4:18 the Bible says
" There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear because fear
hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love."
is our number one drive in life according to many studies taken on the subject.
This very much involves fear. Before the "Fall" Adam and Eve were not
self-preservationists. When Adam sinned fear became very much part of our
world. During the tribulation period fear will be at an all time high. Remember
faith comes from hearing and hearing from the Word of God. Romans 10:17. If you
read the Bible with a sincere heart fear will be translated to faith in God;
however, we must be earnest, honest, and sincere with a heart that is
transparent before God. Our Father in heaven will search our heart out because
He knows the secrets of our soul. Psalm 44:21. He knows everything. There is
not one thing God does not know. As Believers in Jesus Christ when we get to
heaven remember the Bible says, "And it shall come to pass, that before
they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear."
this dispensation God will still have His message of love and grace. His Son
died on the Cross as the perfect sacrificial atonement for the sins of people
because He never sinned and He rose from the dead on the third day. I marvel at
the plan of God for salvation because it so simple. All one has to do is accept
His Son into his or her heart by faith and the individual will be saved;
however, if one chooses law or some other way apart from Jesus Christ God will
give him or her what they desire in their heart. Most people know the old
saying, "You may get what you want but you may not want what you get.".
Christ is just about to rapture His true children out of the earth into His
home which is heaven. The world talks about Revelation chapter 13 everyday in a
direct or an indirect way and that is just one sign out of at least 20
different signs. There is most certainly more than 20 clues that our Almighty
Lord Jesus is just about to resurrect His children home.
article is called, "Left Behind and The Gospel of The Kingdom." What
I am going to do is write about what is explicitly stated in Scripture relative
to the preaching of the Gospel of the Kingdom. I am going to explain what is
implied in Scripture with optimistic caution. Obviously an explicit verse is
far easier to understand than a set of verses that are implied. In Matthew 24
and 25 Jesus talks about the seven year tribulation period. Starting in Matthew
24:4 and going all the way through Matthew 25 Jesus specifically warns about
deception, wars and rumors of wars, famines, pestilences, earthquakes and then
He says in verse 8 that, "these are the beginning of sorrows." I
would say Jesus is describing a world completely out of control. Some of this
is happening right now as we converse.
usually don't approach fear correctly in their hearts when times get really bad
so they are betraying one another according to this text in the Bible. Hatred
rather than love is the overruling emotion. In fact two verses down from verse
ten Jesus talks about iniquity abounding and people's love waxing cold. This is
what sin does and betrayal and hatred is the end result. This always leads to
death. "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life
through Jesus Christ." Romans 6:23. Here people have a choice to let sins
and strongholds dictate to them on how they will think and act (hatred) or to
accept Jesus Christ into their hearts by faith and allow His love to permeate
their lives. This is not easy but it is biblical.
and hate are both powerful emotions but with hatred you have to keep feeding it
again and again. It is always hungry and never satisfied. There will never be
any real sense of closure with this emotion. On the other hand there is a
contentment of peace about the love of God in our hearts. If you choose Jesus
Christ He offers that comfort and this will dwell in your heart. Your life will
radiate the presence of God. This will spiral into eternity.
tribulation period is not so much a physical battle as much as it is a struggle
for the souls of men and women. Jesus talks about false prophets deceiving one
another, the antichrist, the Jewish people fleeing for their lives and if all
of this were not bad enough Jesus says, "For then shall be great tribulation,
such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever
shall be." Matthew 24:21.Then in verse 22 Jesus actually comes out and
takes the reader to the end of the seven year tribulation and talks about
rescuing Israel at the climax of the Battle of Armageddon. This is the Second
Coming of Jesus Christ. Of course the world is in turmoil at this time but
remember God is still in perfect control. Jesus backs up and gets a little more
specific about the end of the seven year tribulation period. He then explains
going deeper into Matthew chapter 25 that He arrives at His Second Advent
(Second Coming) and gets into a lengthy discourse regarding His deliberation of
judgment when He arrives on earth.
title of this article is "Left Behind and the Gospel of the Kingdom"
so I specifically want to focus my attention on this particular reality that
will take place in the 7 year tribulation period. I shared with you from
Scripture most of the terrible things in Matthew 24 (The Tribulation period);
however, couched in verse 14 the Bible says " And this Gospel of the
Kingdom shall be preached in all the World for a witness unto all nations; and
then shall the end come." Matthew 24:14.
the book of Revelation the people that are coming to know the Lord Jesus Christ
are accepting Him by faith. "Here is the patience of the saints: here are
they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Je'sus."
Revelation 14:12. It says the same thing in Revelation chapter 13. "He that
leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword.
Here is the patience and the faith of the saints." Revelation 13:10. The
Kingdom (Gospel of the Kingdom) is referring to the 1000 year millennial reign
of Jesus Christ. We in this church age beckon people to accept Jesus Christ
into their hearts so they will be part of the bride of Jesus Christ and go up
in the rapture of the Church. If you have not accepted the Lord into your heart
and you are on this side of the rapture by all means today is the day of
salvation. It would not be wise to tarry on that all important eternal decision
because as of this writing we are seconds away from the great snatching of the
knew all along that He was going to be rejected because He said,
"Nevertheless I tell you the truth; it is expedient for you that I go
away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I
depart, I will send Him unto you." John 16:7. Jesus Christ died on the
Cross, rose from the dead, and showed Himself alive after His Resurrection for
40 days talking about the Kingdom of God (Acts 1:3). The Bible says, "And
when He had spoken these things, while they beheld, He was taken up; and a
cloud received Him out of their sight." Acts 1:9.
Church (Body of Christ) will be removed with the Restrainer (Holy Spirit) and
we will go to Heaven. On earth a new dispensation will start but what I want to
focus on is not the bad news but the good news of Jesus Christ and His
wonderful message of the Gospel of the Kingdom for this soon coming
God makes us perfect through His Son Jesus Christ though His simple message of
salvation. If you decide to accept Jesus into your heart then God will see you
as perfect because He will be looking at you through His Son Jesus Christ. God
the Father will look at the Cross and through the empty Resurrection Tomb and
see you as if you never even sinned but for this to be a reality in your life
you have to make a decision to accept Him into your heart. If an individual is
sincerely accepting Jesus into his or her heart obviously there is true
repentance of sin in their spirit. Salvation is a work of God and just think it
is just one simple prayer of accepting the Lord Jesus Christ into your heart.
Then we live for Him in obedience and once again faith in an All knowing, All
Seeing God who understands everything about our lives.
you are in life as you are reading this I hope you are starting to be convinced
with conviction that Jesus Christ wants to come into your life and commune with
you. The devil will throw roadblock after roadblock of deceptions to convolute
the simple plan of salvation through His Son Jesus Christ. According to the
Bible Jesus Christ will be worshipped for all eternity, not the Devil. Isaiah
66:22 - 24 and Revelation chapters 21 - 22. The Devil will fail in his attempt
to usurp the throne of God and ultimately be cast into the Lake of Fire for all
eternity. "And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire
and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be
tormented day and night for ever and ever. Revelation 20:10.
of the prophetic program of God will be instituted not just the gospel of the
kingdom being preached around the world. I believe this is the best news
because people's eternal destinies are being changed from death to life in the
Person of Jesus Christ. They will spend eternity with the Lamb of God in
Heaven. I can not imagine spending eternity without Him.